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President Obama’s May 19th speech is seen as a welcome change from past US foreign policy blunders in the Middle East. The revolutionary wave currently sweeping the Arab world has determined the American president to admit that political change is inevitable: “the events of the past six months show us that strategies of repression and… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Osama bin Laden’s capture and the April bombing in Marrakesh raise serious questions about government use of the terrorist threat as a tool in achieving policy objectives. In hindsight, it is hard to dismiss the possibility that at least some American agencies had known beforehand that the 9/11 attack was imminent, allowing it to happen… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

The UN-sanctioned military operations are obscuring the ongoing debate concerning the political organisation of post-Gaddafi Libya. To date, the only source of gauging what the country could look like in the future is a document titled “A Vision of Democratic Libya” issued by the Interim National Council on the 29th of March 2011. The Council’s… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Over the last decade, anti-Americanism has become widespread and reached its peak in the Arab world. The United States’ support for Israel and the Saudi regime, its army’s involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as its unilateralism, have fuelled hatred of America to unprecedented levels. To be sure, there were a few American foreign… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Whilst the military intervention in Libya continues to hold the attention of the international media, neighbouring Tunisia has embarked on the road to democracy. Thousands of civil society personalities have decided to work together to rid the country of Ben Ali’s nefarious legacy and to rebuild the Tunisian political system from the ground up. In… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

UN Resolution no.1973 authorising the humanitarian intervention in Libya could rightly be considered as one of the Security Council’s most important decisions to date. It came at a crucial moment in the multilateral organisation’s history, when the UN’s very existence was threatened by US unilateralism, as advocated by a cohort of American IR experts led… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Since the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty, the European Union is the only global actor which has enshrined in its constitution the obligation of member countries to abide by United Nations norms and resolutions, affirming in no uncertain terms the Union’s commitment to multilateralism. After the US intervention in Iraq, the EU adopted the European… » read more

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As the attention of the international public opinion over the last month has been focused on the developments in Libya, the Gulf kingdoms have been busy repressing pro-democracy protests, from Manama to Sanaa. Headed by Saudi Arabia, who provides the military force or the money, Persian Gulf rulers are hoping to avoid the long overdue… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi